I practice yoga at least three to five times per week, and while lying in savasana (relaxation pose) I’ve felt like something has been missing. In order for me to completely relax during relaxation pose I need something over my eyes to give them some gentle pressure to help relax the muscles. Placing the palms of my hands over my eyes does the trick, but then I’m unable to fully relax my upper body. I’ve seen eye pillows for yoga practice before, so I was confident I could find some tutorials for making one online.
After a quick Google search I was in business. I found a really simple scented eye pillow project on fitsugar. I gathered my materials and in no time had a wonderfully fragrant eye pillow that I can use while practicing yoga. Since I used peppermint in my herbal recipe I can place it in the refrigerator and use it to help ease my migraine and tension headaches too!
Here’s what you need:
- One piece of 7″ x 10″ fabric – I used material from a skirt that’s become too big for me
- 3/4 cup or 1 cup flax seed
- 4 tablespoons dried herbs
I used 2 Tbs. peppermint, 1 Tbs. chamomile, and 1 Tbs. lavender – any combination you prefer will work, but remember some herbs are stimulating while others are better for relaxation. I chose peppermint so my pillow could double as a natural headache treatment, not specifically for relaxation. Always remember to use caution when using herbs and essential oils. Some herbs/oils are not suitable for pregnant women, epileptics, or people with high blood pressure or other health conditions. Always do your homework first!
Cut material into a 7″ x 10″ rectangle and fold cloth in half so that the inside is facing up (so that it’s inside out). You should now have piece of cloth that is 3.5″ x 10″.
Sew around the edges leaving one opening at the top for adding in the herb mix.
Mix flax seeds and dried herbs together in a bowl and gently spoon mixture into the opening of the pillow. Sew up the end and voila! A scentsational herbal eye pillow for your yoga practice or anytime you want to relax in sweet smelling comfort. Enjoy!